1902 was not a great year for novels. Of the bestsellers for the year, few have lasting appeal.
Owen Wister’s The Virginian, the great grand-daddy of the western, has the twin distinctions of being historically significant and fun to read.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles is a classic of print and film. The story has nothing to offer beyond story, so I won’t be upset if you watch it instead of reading it.
The best of the 1902 bestsellers is Sir Richard Calmady by Lucas Malet. Sir Richard is a brilliant man with disfiguring birth defect—his feet attach to his legs above the knees. The novel is flawed by a romantic sub-themes, but the depiction of reactions to disability is excruciatingly vivid. If you have time for just one novel from 1902, it should be Sir Richard Calmady.